Yesterday while I was trying to navigate a plate of Thanksgiving-esque repast food in Southern California, Kanye West was silently walking around New York City’s Wall Street with Russell Simmons as his publicist. What happened Gabe? Anyway …
I’ve wanted to talk about the #occupywallstreet movement for a minute because I’m torn. Not about protesting for the rights of “main street” in the face of bank and investment employees getting raises but I need these protestors to have some sort of financial plan for actual disruption. Martin Luther King Jr. marched and supported a financial boycott of the segregated bus companies so Rosa Parks wasn’t missing her job for nothing. Me standing beside of the bull down in the Financial District isn’t really doing much aside from hoping that people notice I’m pissed. This tactic can be successful but it’s about as fool-proof as me willing my waiter to remember the sugar he forget by pouting at my table because I can’t drink my tea now. Chile please (c) Chad Ocho Cinco, no tip will be a better reminder than my poked out lip.
Still, the sheer number of people showing up at the various #occupywallstreet locations across the country, including cities like Boston where folks are being beaten by the local police just like in New York, remind me of the Greek protests. Now those folks are pissed. They’re on LA Riots status, and have been for awhile, as the European Union decides whether to collectively save the country from a financial demise. If they feel like it, that is …
With #occupywallstreet, as the numbers of protestors grow so does the possibility of a full-fledged Greek-type riot so I guess I understand the police presence but I’d be more excited if artists like Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Jay-Z were vocal about their support of #occupywallstreet. I was actually talking to my girlfriend about the idea last week and she asked if hip-hop wasn’t involved with the movement because their wealth would may make them look like hypocrites. I said I wasn’t sure. But here comes Kanye West on Monday, standing with “the people” without giving the press any quotes. I get why he didn’t speak, though he looked crazy not saying anything and allowing Russell to speak for him. As a friend said, Kanye doesn’t need another Kanye moment. No quotes, no problem, right?
I applaud West for his #occupywallstreet pop by but I’m still not convinced. So, again I ask, what should I refrain from buying? Maybe liquidate my stocks? #occupywallstreet you tell me …
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